Custody for teenagers who robbed lad (16) at knifepoint

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TWO teenagers who robbed a 16-year-old boy at knifepoint in Spalding were yesterday each sentenced to 28 months youth detention.

Passing sentence at Lincoln Crown Court, Judge Sean Morris told the boys, aged 15 and 16, what they had done “beggars belief.”

The pair, who cannot be named because they are under 18, admitted carrying out the robbery in Commercial Road, Spalding, on February 10.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said the 16-year-old pulled a knife from his jacket after his accomplice demanded “what have you got?” from their victim.

Mr Howes told the court: “The knife blade was held close to the victim’s stomach.”

An iPod was taken from the victim after the 15-year-old went through his pockets and ignored an old mobile phone, the court heard.

In a victim impact statement which was read out in court the 16-year-old said he now worried about going out on his own.

Mr Howes added: “His first concern was for his safety, not his property.”

Police later recovered the kitchen knife used in the robbery.

In mitigation the court was told both boys had admitted what they done.

But Judge Morris told them they had pleaded guilty to a very serious offence of robbery.

He said: “In this case what you did beggars belief.

“On February 10 you set off to rob a member of the public at knife-point.

“You armed yourselves with a kitchen knife and picked out a perfectly innocent young man walking down the street.

“You robbed him. It must have been a terrifying experience for him.”